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Sick of articles about the future of reading? Try this game

Posted by Christopher Shea  July 30, 2010 05:26 PM

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Bookavore, at her wits' end, has come up with a drinking game that, she hopes, will help her get through what are sure to be dozens more articles about e-readers and the future of books.

Some of the highlights of the game are:

"Will e-books wipe out/kill/decimate/pulverize/HULKSMASH/angry verb real books?" -- one drink

Above question is lede -- one drink

Assertion that e-book prices are too high, and will lower soon -- one drink

Assertion that e-book prices are too low, and will raise soon -- one drink

Article uses vague Amazon press release stats misleadingly -- one drink

"turn the page" used as a pun -- one drink

"game-changer" -- one drink

Best of all (here's where Bookavore won a spot in my GoogleReader): If the article mentions the "smell of a real book," the reader must "clean out the liquor cabinet, drink until you pass out, wake up next morning, puke, then continue drinking."

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